Category: New Publications

Dragon Unleashed!

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Hooray! The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart is out TODAY in the U.K.

(But whoops, that all got a lot more rhyme-y than I’d intended. Sorry! I’m a little bit giddy right now, as you can probably tell. But the book itself doesn’t rhyme, I promise! ;) It’s not that sort of book at all, as you can tell if you read the first chapter.)

It all started late one night, about 2 years and 4 months ago. I’d finally, finally gotten my younger son (still a baby) to sleep, so I’d turned off the light and was just starting to fall asleep myself (and oh, I DESPERATELY needed that sleep, by then!)…when suddenly an opening and a heroine flashed simultaneously into my mind.

A delicious opening.

A wonderful, fierce dragon-girl.

A passion for chocolate.

Ohhh!

I couldn’t wait. For the first time in months, I didn’t even care about sleep!

I jerked upright, opened up my laptop, and with the light from the screen casting an eerie glow through the darkened bedroom, I started to type.

Once I’d finished writing down the first scene, I went to bed smiling, with all the different characters playing through my head all night long.

I am so happy that I finally get to share them with you guys!

The Bookseller calls it an “irresistible fantasy adventure”; School Library Journal calls it “a delicious fantasy treat that will satisfy readers who hunger for feel-good tales that pack a girl-power punch, like Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted or the movie Moana“; and in a lovely, serendipitous book-birthday gift, the UK’s Reading Agency has just selected it (in an announcement made today!) for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge (a program my own kids take part in every year through their local library – so I am REALLY excited to see my book on this list)!

You can find The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart (or request it) at any physical bookshop in the UK, and you can order it from any online bookseller. I’m afraid there’s a little longer still to wait for Australians (who will get it on March 1st) and North Americans (who will get it on May 30th)…

…But if you do read it now, will you please let me know what you think? I have been waiting SO LONG to talk about it with you guys! I want to know who your favorite characters are! And what your draconic passion would be! (Trust me, that question will make far more sense once you’ve read the book. I promise!)

And if you’re able to take the time to write even just a very short review on Amazon or elsewhere, I will be so very grateful. ALL reviews, good and bad, make such a huge difference to a book’s success!

And I ALWAYS love seeing pictures of the book out in the wild. :)

Sadly, my poor 8-year-old is home ill today, so I can’t go out to celebrate the official book birthday. But I can’t wait for the launch party on Saturday – I’d love to see any of you guys there! And today, I’m having a yummy at-home party courtesy of my agent, as you can see. Mmmmm! The perfect way to celebrate this chocolate-filled book.

Thank you guys so much for celebrating with me. Chocolate to everybody!

Failed Resolutions, a Comforting List, and a Movie Rave

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Every year, I tell myself that I’ll (somehow) get loads of writing done over the children’s school holidays. This year, I tell myself, I’ll definitely find a way!

And every year…

Well.

Hahaha.

Quite. We’ll just leave it there, shall we? ;) (…says the woman who’s managed a grand total of 430 words over the past 3 days…ah well.)

To comfort myself, though, I’m choosing today to post my yearly list of publications. (Because seriously, I need to remind myself today that it has been a productive year, even if the next few weeks won’t continue that trend!) So here they are:

Novels

Masks and Shadows – Opera, alchemy and romance in an 18th century Hungarian palace, published by Pyr Books

Congress of Secrets – Disguises, deceptions, dark alchemy and unexpected romance at the Congress of Vienna in 1814, published by Pyr Books

Novelettes

House of Secrets – YA gothic romantic fantasy, self-published as an ebook

Short Stories

“Mums’ Group” – near-future SF, published in the anthology Futuristica Volume I

“Pack Dynamics” – werewolves in Pittsburgh! Published (and free to read online) in Persistent Visions

“A Cup of Comfort” – my creepy magical tea story, published (and free to read online or listen to as an audio podcast) in Beneath Ceaseless Skies

“Flying Magic” – my Kat-all-grown-up-with-kids-of-her-own short story, self-published as a free ebook and also free to read online

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Now I’m 3/4 of the way through the first draft of my adult fantasy novella, Snowspelled, I should be getting an edit letter for my MG spies-and-fairies novel sometime in the next month, and I’ve just started writing the MG novel that will probably come after that. (Grumpy princesses, inconvenient giants, philosophical dragons, and complicated sister-relationships ahoy!)

So, OK. Even if I don’t manage to get too much written over the next 2-1/2 weeks while the kids are off school, things will probably Be Okay.

But now…

Now it’s time to dive back into frantic Christmas preparation (because that is a VERY pressing deadline right now).

Happy holidays!

PS: Have you seen the movie Moana yet? Go see Moana! It made me SO happy, and our whole family loved it so, so much. The boys and I have been listening to the soundtrack almost nonstop ever since, and I’m already plotting a second trip to the cinema to see it again. MOANA!

That is all. :)

Congress of Secrets

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I started writing the first draft of Congress of Secrets in April 2005.

Today, it’s finally out in the world. It’s been a long and varied journey…but I’m so happy to have arrived here now!

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Of course, I had to take it out today to celebrate publication day in exactly the most appropriate style:

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(Coffee is discussed…let’s just say MORE THAN ONCE in this book. ;) There are multiple scenes set in coffeehouses, too. Only appropriate, for any book set in Vienna!)

This is both my darkest and my most romantic book, and my love letter to Vienna. I really hope you guys enjoy it!

You can buy it in the US and Canada from Amazon US/CA, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound; in the UK, it’s already in stock at The Book Depository and the paperback should be back in stock at Amazon UK soon. (The ebook is already available there, of course.)

Please let me know what you think of it! (And if you have time to write a review – good or bad – on Amazon or elsewhere, I will appreciate it so much.)

Thanks so much for sharing this journey with me, guys!

Pittsburgh Werewolves and Dragon Joy

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Hooray! Editor (and writer!) Heather Shaw has just launched a fabulous new magazine, Persistent Visions, and the very first short story they’re publishing is my funny werewolves-in-Pittsburgh story, “Pack Dynamics”! This is a Meet the Parents story gone wrong…with werewolves! It’s set in a neighborhood where I used to live (Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh), and it was so much fun to write.

Thanks so much to Heather for buying it, and to my brother Ben for inspiring this story as a Christmas gift! (He asked for another urban fantasy story in the same vein as “Undead Philosophy 101”, my vampires-in-East-Lansing story, and this was the result!)

You can read the story here. I hope you guys enjoy it!

“Pack Dynamics,” of course, is a story for adults (although I think it would be perfectly okay for YA-aged readers and up), but I had some really great MG news this week, too.

Look what’s sitting in my UK editor’s office now – ARCs of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart!

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That’s not the final cover of the book – that pot of enchanted hot chocolate actually comes from the back cover of the final book! :) – but I adore it. And the UK cover artist, Freya Hartas, has also done gorgeous interior chapter-header illustrations that will probably appear in both the UK and US editions. She shared one of them here!

You can preorder the book now in the UK (from Waterstones or Amazon UK) and in the US, too (from Amazon only, so far – I’ll make sure to add links to IndieBound and B&N as soon as they go up)! And you can find out more about it here.

Now Patrick and I are about to go out to celebrate our (belated) wedding anniversary, which got delayed this year due to kid-illness and deadline stress. But we’re not waiting any longer! It’s time for movies and anniversary goodness. Hurrah!

Happy Friday!

Great Night, Great News, and a New E-Book!

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The event at Schuler Books last night went so well – hooray! It was wonderful to get to hang out with Jim and Merrie and Patrick, listen to their (wonderful) readings and chat about our books – and it was also really wonderful to see all the people who had come for the talk! I so appreciated how many people came for the event (even one all the way from Indiana – thank you so much, Maureen!). It was exciting to finally meet in person some of the people I’ve known for years online, and exciting to meet new people, too. And oh, it was lovely to have old friends from home come, too. Thank you guys!

Jim Hines posted an album of photos of the event on Facebook, and Schuler Books also posted this photo of the event as a whole:

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Afterwards, we went out to eat with a few friends, and when I checked my email, we got to toast great news together – my novelette The Art of Deception is one of the finalists for the WSFA Small Press Short Fiction Awards! The other writers on that shortlist are amazing, and I am really honored to be part of the list.

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The Art of Deception is my tribute to The Prisoner of Zenda, The Three Musketeers and every other cloak-and-dagger adventure that includes fabulous swordfights full of style. I wrote it as a gift for my brother Dave one Christmas (when he’d asked for a story with swordfighting, banter and a twisty plot), and it was published in the wonderful Australian anthology Insert Title Here, edited by Tehani Wessely.

Tehani is a fabulous editor, and I was so lucky to get to work with her on this story. She creates beautiful anthologies, and I strongly recommend the whole book! The other authors in the anthology are fantastic, and I was thrilled to be a part of it.

If you’re not in the mood for a full anthology right now, though, you can also now buy my story on its own as an ebook. Check out the beautiful cover by Jenn Reese at Tiger Bright Studios! I love it:

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Right now you can find it at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Smashwords, and every other branch of Amazon in the world!

(I’m not offering a printable PDF version of this one, but you can absolutely read it in paper by buying the paper version of Insert Title Here. And then you’ll get lots of other great stories, too!)

In other words, it’s been a really great 24 hours! Thank you so much to everyone who’s been a part of it. :)

Happy Secrets, Deadlines, News, and More

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Wooot! My YA Victorian gothic fantasy novelette, House of Secrets, is out today!

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I wrote this one just for fun, to stretch myself by experimenting with a new style (moody, gothic, and intensely atmospheric)…and, of course, to distract myself from worrying about whether or not a particular book of my heart would sell. (And hey, that book was The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, which comes out next spring – so, there’s a double happy ending there!)

I had so much fun writing this novelette. I hope you guys will enjoy reading it! You can find an excerpt here on my website or buy the ebook at any of the usual online retailers. (And if you don’t have an e-reader, you can buy a printable PDF at Smashwords, too.)

In other news, we’re hurtling towards the end of the school year over here…and our upcoming trip to America! We’re spending our summer holidays there with my family, of course, but Patrick and I will also be doing a public event in August at my wonderful hometown bookstore, Schuler Books, along with fellow authors Jim C. Hines and Merrie Haskell – both of whom are not just great writers but also personal friends. So I really can’t wait! You can see the details here.

It’s all really exciting, but ohhh is there a lot that has to be done here first, from house-cleaning to child’s-birthday-party-hosting, packing and more – and my very top priority is getting a full draft of my MG spies-and-fairies novel finished! I wrote an incredible (by my standards) 3641 words on Monday, racing through the main climax of the book…and then had a horrible realization, Monday night, that I had gone in the wrong direction. Whoops!

So yesterday morning I backed up 3 chapters, re-plotted, rewrote (writing 3175 new words in the process)…and now I have just one scene left. So so so close! I’d love to finish the book today, but my older son has a playdate, the whole house needs cleaned beforehand…etc. We’ll see! But no matter what, this book IS going to be finished this week. I am determined!

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And there are just two more days until the Congress of Secrets cover will be revealed on USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog. I can’t wait! Not only is it a great cover (by the same designer who created Masks and Shadows’s cover), but I am bursting to share photos of the first 2 ARCs that arrived here yesterday. It’s all becoming so real!

So.

I have a book to finish, a house to clean, suitcases to pack, and more…

But because this is House of Secrets‘s release day, I’m going to be totally self-indulgent and post the blurbs that I’ve gotten for it here, just because they make me happy. Here they are:

“An atmospheric tale of family, dark magic, and the thirst of one girl to determine her own destiny.” – Aliette de Bodard, author of The House of Shattered Wings

“A romance fit for fantasy and Gothic lovers both! Chilling, suspenseful, and extremely satisfying!” – Tiffany Trent, author of The Unnaturalists

“A perfect gem of Gothic fantasy.” – Beth Bernobich, author of The Ghost Dragon’s Daughter

“With its slowly unfolding mystery and atmospheric magic, House of Secrets kept me entranced until the final page. I loved the moody setting, the dark, unexpected turns in Lily’s story, and Stephanie’s rich and straightforward prose. It’s like a delicious slice of Gothic pie!” – Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and the Cursed

Happy Wednesday!

PS: As usual, any reviews on Amazon, Goodreads or elsewhere would be hugely appreciated – but no worries if you don’t have the time or energy. Most of all, I just hope that you’ll enjoy the story!

Guest Post: The Dinosaur Hunters, by Patrick Samphire

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Wooooot! Patrick’s standalone YA novella, The Dinosaur Hunters, is out today! I love this story SO MUCH. It’s a witty, exciting Agatha Christie-style mystery set on Regency Mars WITH DINOSAURS and a fabulous cross-dressing heroine. It is absolutely my catnip!

You can read my full Goodreads review here, but as a quick sum-up, I’ll just say: I feel 100% confident that if you enjoyed my Kat books, you will LOVE The Dinosaur Hunters!

So I asked Patrick to do a guest blog for me here, so I could share an excerpt of the piece with you guys. Here he is!

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Cover for The Dinosaur Hunters, by Patrick Samphire

When I wrote my first novel, Secrets of the Dragon Tomb, and its sequel, The Emperor of Mars (due out next year), I got to do one of the things I love doing most: building a whole world, with its own history, alien creatures, and strange technology. Being able to create such a wild, unlikely, and (hopefully) believable world gave me the chance to let my creativity run free, as well as to pay homage to some of the books and stories that I most loved when I was a teenager.

Even though my characters don’t encounter it all in the novels, I had great fun with this version of Mars. There are great swathes of the world they don’t visit and of history which they don’t know about or which they completely misunderstand. And the wonderful thing about creating a world like this is that it cries out for more stories. My characters in Secrets of the Dragon Tomb and The Emperor of Mars are dealing with the biggest events of their era and uncovering completely unexpected secrets.

But out there, other people are having adventures. They’re dealing with their own crises, tracking down murderers and thieves, and discovering their own secrets. That’s why I decided to write The Dinosaur Hunters, and why I’ll probably write more novellas in this world.

In the novels, dinosaurs are oddly absent. There are pterodactyls and plesiosaurs, but no actual dinosaurs. So now it’s time for us to visit those dinosaurs and get caught up in a deadly conspiracy. Welcome to The Dinosaur Hunters.

You can buy The Dinosaur Hunters now: Amazon | Kobo | Nook | Smashwords (all formats)

Excerpt

Mars, 1815

Harriet George had been dressed as a boy for the last week, and she still wasn’t sure her brother-in-law had noticed.

“The thing is, Harry old thing,” the Honorable Bertrand Simpson said as he hunched morosely over his twelfth cup of tea that morning, “disguises are such dashed confusing things. Can’t tell if a chap is a chap or, you know, another chap.” He stirred his tea listlessly.

It had never been entirely clear to Harriet how her brother-in-law had managed to work his way up to the post of Inspector in the Tharsis City Police Service. As far as Harriet could tell, Bertrand had never solved a single case in his entire life.

Unfortunately, Harriet suspected that she wasn’t the only one who had figured that out. It was the only reason she could think of as to why Bertrand had been given the job of capturing the Glass Phantom. The Glass Phantom had evaded police forces in France, Austria, Britain, and Chinese Mars. He’d helped himself to the Crown of Charlemagne from under the nose of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard and had stolen the Orlov Diamond from the Imperial Scepter of Catherine the Great. No one with an ounce of common sense would risk their career tracking down such a notorious and difficult-to-catch jewel thief.

Which was why Bertrand, who wouldn’t have recognized an ounce of common sense if it had fallen into his morning tea, had leapt on the offer like a piranha-mouse on a stray muffin.

Bertrand came from a good family – his father was the fifth Baron Heatherstone – but his family’s estates on Earth had long ago been sold off to pay their debts. Bertrand’s father had brought the family to Mars to seek his fortune on a new world, but it hadn’t made any difference, and Bertrand scarcely had a penny to his name. In his position, he should have married a young lady with a good dowry. Instead, he’d married Harriet’s older sister, Amy. If it hadn’t been for Bertrand’s job, Harriet was certain they would have starved within the year.

And then, five years ago, Harriet and Amy’s parents had died, and Amy and Bertrand had taken Harriet in. She knew it had been hard for them, and she knew they’d given up a great deal for her. She owed them everything.

When Bertrand failed to catch the Glass Phantom, he would lose his job and it would be an absolute disaster for them all.

Harriet would not allow that to happen.

“You know, the Glass Phantom might not actually be in disguise,” Harriet said, trying to cheer her brother-in-law up. “I mean, why would he?”

Bertrand groaned. “That makes it even worse. If he’s not in disguise, how am I going to tell who he’s not disguising himself as?”

Which, Harriet thought, summed up rather neatly why her brother-in-law never actually caught anyone.

To make matters worse, now that Harriet had turned sixteen, Amy was determined to make a good marriage for her, a prospect that Harriet regarded with complete horror. Within a year – two at the most – she would be expected to “come out” in Society, find a husband, and live the life he chose for her. She was already thoroughly fed up with the bother of being a girl, and this was the final straw. She’d never seen the point of sewing or playing the pianoforte or endless, tedious social visits to neighbors, and what was more, she had very little interest in young gentlemen. If she was entirely honest, very few young gentlemen showed any interest in her, either. But Amy had set her heart on Harriet marrying well. She seemed to think she owed it to their late parents, and Harriet couldn’t live off Bertrand’s generosity forever, particularly if he lost his job.

Which left Harriet with only one option: she would have to solve the case for Bertrand, and she would have to prove to her sister that she could support herself without a husband.

The dinosaur hunt was the perfect opportunity.

Buy now: Amazon | Kobo | Nook | Smashwords (all formats)

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Patrick Samphire started writing when he was fourteen years old and thought it would be a good way of getting out of English lessons. It didn’t work, but he kept on writing anyway. He has lived in Zambia, Guyana, Austria and England. He now lives with his wife, Steph, and their two children in Wales, U.K. He has published almost twenty short stories for adults and writes fun, funny, exciting books for middle grade readers. His first novel was Secrets of the Dragon Tomb.

Gothic Secrets, a Gorgeous Cover, and a Pre-Order Announcement

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Last year, my New Year’s resolution was: Write something different, to stretch yourself, just for fun!

So when I asked Patrick for a story prompt and he said, “Secrets,” I launched myself into a just-for-fun YA Victorian gothic fantasy novelette, full of eerie magic, mystery and brooding atmosphere…and just a touch of romance!

It was so much fun to write, and although I took a long time to revise and edit it over the course of the last year (as I went back to it again and again in-between work on my novels)…

…It’s finally ready to be shared, so you guys can read it too!

Just check out the gorgeous cover:

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(You can click on the image to see a larger version.)

Megan Crewe at Another World Designs created it for me after she read the story, and it is Just Right. It captures the mood perfectly!

Here’s the official description:

Raised in hiding in the country and knowing nothing of her mother, Lily has been taught from birth that her existence can only bring shame to her wealthy father. But when she nears her seventeenth birthday, she is finally summoned to her father’s house in town…and discovers that everything she thought about herself was wrong.

And now she is a prisoner.

Locked among all the other mysteries in her father’s grand house – including one young man who could be an ally or an enemy – she may finally discover the truth about her own nature…and exactly why her father considers her so valuable after all.

It’s going to be published as an ebook on July 13th, and you can pre-order it now from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, and iBooks. For those who prefer not to read on an e-reader, it’s also available via Smashwords as a PDF file that you can print out yourself to read it on paper. And of course you can add it on Goodreads, too.

I really hope you guys enjoy it!

And I’ve already gotten some lovely blurbs:

“An atmospheric tale of family, dark magic, and the thirst of one girl to determine her own destiny.” – Aliette de Bodard, author of The House of Shattered Wings

“A perfect gem of Gothic fantasy.” – Beth Bernobich, author of The Ghost Dragon’s Daughter

Here’s the opening of the story, to give you a taste:

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My father’s house is full of secrets. They cling to the thick, dusty curtains that he keeps tightly drawn all day and night, muffling the sound of his friends’ low, intent whispers and blocking out the sunlight. I can hear the dull echoes of carriages outside, rattling past at all hours, but I never see them. Since I arrived here eight days ago, I’ve become a creature of shadow, as dim and hidden from the outside world as everything else in this house.


Back home in the country, where I lived with my nurse, the sunshine poured in all day long. Bessie’s cottage might have been a tiny, insignificant thing compared to my father’s great house in town, but hers led out onto fields and woods where I could wander to my heart’s content. The local girls were forbidden to talk to me, but the wind brushed against my skin like a caress whenever I stepped into the meadows, and distant bells always seemed to ring in the air whenever I walked in the woods, although Bessie claimed she couldn’t hear them. In the summers, I spent nearly every day outside, coming home only for required meals, or when Bessie managed to pin me down to study my letters.


“You’re the daughter of gentryfolk,” she always told me, “no matter who your poor mother might have been. I’ll not have your father disappointed when he finally summons you to live with him.”


Back then, of course, my father was only a name, scrawled hastily at the bottom of his brief, infrequent letters: William Norton, Esq.

William Norton, Esq., hoped that my health was well and that I was behaving for my nurse. William Norton, Esq., would summon me to town when I was older, for my coming of age.


I always tried to think of that as a promise rather than a threat…

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I hope you guys enjoy the full story in July! And of course, if you’re a book blogger, you can contact me to get an advance copy for review.

I’m so glad to finally be able to share this story with you guys!

Butterflies, Mums’ Group, and 30 Days Wild

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It’s been a really nice half-term break so far. The kids are off school/childcare for a week, and I had a wonderful birthday with them. They took me to a nearby butterfly zoo, and I loved it! I may not be used to being 39 yet (why is this number so disconcerting to me? I don’t know!), but I had a great time becoming it.

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If you’re reading this on my website blog, I need to warn you that I’m in the messy middle of switching over to a new website design…which means that most of the pages don’t look quite right yet, and I need to fill in a WHOLE lot of new text and links! My goal is to get that all done by the end of the week, so that I can leap straight back into nonstop writing as soon as the kids go back to school…but this is half-term, which means we have no childcare, so: we’ll see!

But in one piece of very nice writing news that came today, my short story “Mums’ Group” has just been published in the anthology Futuristica: Volume I! I very rarely write science fiction, but my brother Dave asked me to stretch myself, do something different, and write a near-future science fiction story as his Christmas gift. So I did, and I really enjoyed it!

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“Mums’ Group” is a near-future SF story set in Leeds, England, where I lived when my older son was a baby, and it’s a dark and funny (I hope!) story about the pressure mothers face to be perfect, no matter what that takes. It’s also about the way our friends help get us through it! So I’d like to take a moment now to give a public and deeply grateful thank-you to all the mums’ groups (in both Leeds and Wales, and also online!) that have supported and saved me in so many ways ever since I had my first baby.

Here’s a quick snippet from the opening:

Mums’ Group

By Stephanie Burgis

There was a virus in Megan’s Mum-implant, even though she’d uploaded all the firewalls.

…Or at least, her ex had. Maybe that was the problem.

“Damn it!” She shook her head irritably, trying to focus on the crowded pavement ahead of her through the dark red haze that filtered her vision. Groups of laughing, strolling university students filled the big streets of Leeds’s pedestrian-only town centre, along with businessmen and –women carrying travel cups of coffee and other women like Megan who were out shopping with young children, forming a shifting obstacle course in every direction.

She jerked her pushchair out of the way of one fast-walking woman in a tailored suit just as a warm, rich, maternal voice said in her left ear: “Swearing in front of your children is wrong. Guilt. Guiiiiiilt…”

“Abel’s at school right now, and Lucy’s asleep,” Megan muttered, pushing Lucy’s pushchair a little faster. “Neither of them heard me. Anyway, I’m on my way to mummy group, for God’s sake! I’m being good.”

Through the red haze, she caught the startled look on two businessmen’s faces as they veered out of her way, wide-eyed and wary. Wincing, she clamped her lips shut. The businessmen weren’t the only ones who’d heard her, obviously; but the woman who passed her next, pushing a pram of her own, sent her a wry, commiserating smile and tapped her ear knowingly…

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You can add the book on Goodreads or buy it as a paperback or an ebook on Amazon. (US link/U.K. link/CA link). I’m really sorry to only be linking to Amazon purchase options – they are my least favorite bookseller! – but it isn’t up yet for purchase on any other online bookstores, at least as far as I can tell. Do let me know if you spot it elsewhere, and I’ll add those links too!

But right now it’s half-term, and the kids and I have signed up for the 30 Days Wild challenge being hosted by the Wildlife Trusts, committing to doing something wild every day of June, even if it’s just hunting for bugs in our back garden. Time to head outside and get started! :)